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Old 05-21-2009, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default I never understood "horse blanket"

Then I had my first glass of Orval tonight.

I get it!



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Old 05-21-2009, 02:58 AM   #2
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While hints of old leather can be considered an attractive flavor/aroma, horse blanket can never be. Sorry you had to experience it.



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Old 05-21-2009, 03:51 AM   #3
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Orval is soooo good.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:04 PM   #4
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OK screw it, I'm going to buy a bottle of Orval TODAY and try it. First it was Wild Brews then Charlie P.'s Tweeting about going to Orval and now you guys keep talking about it..... AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRUGH! I can't take it!!

Hard to believe I've tried every trappist but Orval and Westvleteren, but good luck finding the latter.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:16 PM   #5
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I am always surprised at how many beer enthusiasts have not had Orval. It is hands down my favorite trappist. I think people overlook it because it's available everywhere, it were as hard to get as the Westy stuff people would be paying high prices and trading for it all the time. Possibly the most underrated beer ever, and after they have raised what they need to fund the monastery for the year all extra profits go to charity, so you are supporting a good cause too.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:47 PM   #6
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I did an Orval clone that came out great. Just brew up a strong Belgian golden ale, dump a bottle of Orval in the keg, and let it sit for a few months. MMmmmmmmm. Smelling Orval is like smelling opium. It's hypnotic.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:54 PM   #7
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Here's another Orval fan chiming in. I think it is so great because it is not brash. It is subtle, delicious, and you can drink it all night. Some of the triples and quads can't stand up for all night like that.

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Here's another Orval fan chiming in. I think it is so great because it is not brash. It is subtle, delicious, and you can drink it all night. Some of the triples and quads can't stand up for all night like that.
I love Orval, particularly bottles that have aged for a bit. Really accentuates the Brett. The combination of noble hops and Brett is simply delicious.
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While hints of old leather can be considered an attractive flavor/aroma, horse blanket can never be. Sorry you had to experience it.
I just ordered Belgian yeast described as that. Just had to get it don't know why, figured if they sell it can't be all bad!
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Nope, haven't tried it. Might if I was offered a free sample, but given my preferences, I wouldn't pay for a pint.

Had a Belgian in the last judging that was "horse manure". Couldn't figure out anything else to call it. Oddly, once that smell was gone the beer was ok.



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